Socarrat Paella Bar - Chelsea

4.7
1611 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
Socarrat Paella Bar - Chelsea is now accepting reservations for outdoor dining, weather permitting. In the case where we need to close due to inclement weather, we will contact you the day of your reservation.

Socarrat, the quintessence of the perfect paella and for which the restaurant is named, is the delectable, sensuous crust that forms on the bottom of the paella pan when the liquid is rendered and the rice reaches its peak of succulence. The menu, an authentic array of delicious dishes from the regions of Spain specializing in traditional tapas with an accent on paella and fideua (which substitutes fried noodles for rice) that can be characterized as a true exploration for the palette.

Socarrat Paella Bar Chelsea's ambiance denotes feelings of warmth, comfort and hospitality. A neighborhood staple with a small, intimate space comprised primarily of one large communal table with bar and smaller communal tables available.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1611 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tapas and paella. The octopus and suckling pig tapas are excellent. Warm, friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and excellent brunch dishes. First time there but will definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. The staff is just phenomenal

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RT21
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

always love this place. the food is divine and the staff is kind and super accommodating. GREAT for large groups or a casual dinner for two. get the arroz negro -- you won't regret it!

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MoisesHassan
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I have mixed feelings about my experience, we ordered one salmorejo, bravas, fried artichokes and a veggie paella, which was the main dish.
The salmorejo and the bravas were delicious, they bought me back home to Spain and I really enjoy both of them. The price was a little high, but I paid and ate happily.
The artichokes were my favorite dish, I expected them to be different, but I still loved them, even tho the sauce was a little unusual, I would had use some romesco instead of that mayo.
Finally the paella, in a paella bar I was expecting a real paella that would be the best dish of the night, but it was by far the worst. It was between burned and undercooked. And this is NOT a goot thing, some of the ingredients were either frozen (green peas) or raw (cauliflower) while the rice was burned. Yes, I am a Spaniard so I know what socarrat is, but this was a raw rice mixed with burned one, not crusty. I would even say that the rice was not even the short grain bomba type that the paella requires.
I honestly did not enjoy that dish a bit.

The service were nice and accommodating, but the place was quite crowded so it was hard to talk.

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vipbabybunny62
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had a nice experience here for hubby’s birthday. Food was great… had artichoke tapas and beet tapas followed by a carne paella. We cleaned our plates. The only regret is that we didn’t try the sangria because we had already been drinking before arriving at the restaurant.

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Bess
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been wanting to come here for a while. Went there for brunch and they got me hooked with the first sip of coffee. From there it just got better. Loved everything about it. Next time we’ll do dinner.

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Abigail
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and the seating options. Recommend sitting indoors if it is too hot out. Wish they had more drink options for the bottomless brunch option. Not really a mimosa or wine drinker at brunch. A bloody mary option would have been nice for people who don't consume a lot of sugar.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Book the high top in window and you the best of indoor and outdoor dining.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful. Thank you!

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Jenny
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Wonderful 1st experience

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vipExploradora
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic! Delicious food and drinks and perfect service!

LH
vipLaurenH
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, outstanding food

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vipmadg1976
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Usually a good place but some things were off.

1. Some of the food was cold, particularly the bacon-wrapped dates.
2. I understand that we are still under pandemic guidelines but the table setups are not well thought out. It is actually safer to be at a different table than share a table with strangers with a plastic divider. These are not magical I am literally sitting one foot from a stranger. To make things even worse this particular table is right next to the waiter station while the empty tables are not.

Hopefully next time things are better. Service as always friendly and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We need music from spain. Sabina , Ana Belen , cigala , serrat. Flamenco Please. Don’t put this country music 😂😂

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vipRatoncito22
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Highly recommend the octopus. Great service at the bar. A bit hot since they can't turn on the AC yet. But its great to see and feel the city coming back to life again.

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Ikshavaku
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience in the backyard and great service. Most importantly, amazing paella.

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LawB
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

We just ordered tapas, and some were not that great. Obviously that’s based on everyone’s different pallet! Tried to use the restroom after finishing paying for my meal and was told no, it’s only for customers... showed my receipt as proof that I ate there.

Anyways, it was a cute restaurant! I’m sure my experience with the service was a one off as it seemed to be a popular place. I also look a little busted so that may have played a part LOL

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FernandoB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overfall, we had a great time. The service (Diego) and the food (Paella Negra) were outstanding.

The restaurant is small and not very COVID friendly. Tables are next to each other in small spaces. The setup outside is too boxy and tables are very close to each other although they have blindex in between. We reserved outside but changed to a more comfortable table inside next to the window.

With a good table, you will have a blast

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vipDCGourmet
Washington DC
321 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The seafood paella was definitely on the bland side, with not much socarrat at all, ironically. The wine arrived well after the paella, and only then because had to specifically request it. Definitely a so-so experience.

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JeffM
London
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for something nice and a bit different for a nice dinner as a family and had seating to accommodate our small dog. Socarrat was an choice. They had a great back patio that was completely covered giving us peace of mind when the weather looked like it was turning bad. The paella takes some time to make so we started with some tapas and wine. The waitstaff was attentive and helpful with recommendations. The choices were all good and while they seemed a bit small at first, it was all very filling. We had the Socarrat paella and it was cooked just right with a nice variety of toppings. While we felt full, we thought we would share a dessert. The flan was good, but not exceptional. The churros with chocolate sauce, however, were great. Perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. This was the perfect family evening as were shared everything and everyone enjoyed the experience.

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Dawn
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious food. Friendly staff. Good brunch deal except there’s very little alcohol in their drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The food came too quickly- and all cold -including the paella

JB
vipJohnB
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience! We sat at the bar and our server was great; very attentive, friendly and went above and beyond to help us celebrate my husband’s birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for Mother’s Day and had an excellent experience, from appetizers, we ordered the octopus which was excellent choice and paella socarrat which was on point

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vipAlex
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and wine. paella was really first rate. would gladly repeat.

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MarielC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy coming to this restaurant. Service is always good very attentive staff. The food is excellent. Sangria is my favorite.

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vipWAK2013
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A wonderful Mother's day lunch - service by Andreas was excellent.

The Paella was true to Socarrat's name, seafood perfectly cooked, enjoyed scraping very bit of that caramelized rice. Apps were flavorful and visually appealing, as were the churros and flan finale.

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always amazing food and service. Never disappoints.

This is definitely the go to place for authentic Spanish Tapas/Paella.

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vipShawn
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A night at Socarrat is always memorable. Many times the vibe is enjoying other patrons who have come to celebrate as wines are poured and people touch glasses. Other times, it's a taste of Spain that we long and find here. Always there's a server and host that treat us like friends. One of my favorite haunts in Manhattan.

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supergirl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, the service, the food, everything was great and we are already looking forward to coming back for more food.

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vipETFishman
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, good service. The albondigas were excellent. Paella could use a bit more flavor—maybe more chorizo. Otherwise a good experience.

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vipPRNYC
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were great and the outdoor seating was comfortable and safe. Would definitely go back.

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MikeB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Outdoor dining. Quite cramped but worth it for that amazing paella.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, amazing food and service! Highly recommend!

KD
KaijaD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated outdoors as requested. The menu is straightforward. Everything we ordered was delicious (short rib, pan con tomate, octopus, croquetas, desserts, wine, cocktails, etc.). But the real star was the paella. Glorious. Crispiness everywhere.

Our server was also super helpful and generous. Can't wait to go back.

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vipCatherineS
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience at your wonderful restaurants! I am forever a fan! Keep doing amazing things and wish you the best of luck in your business!

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Emma
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance for a date night. Tapas were delicious! The staff was so friendly and personally greeted each guest to welcome them to the restaurant.

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MC531
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing at Socarrat. I thought they did a great job with Covid protocols. I felt very comfortable during my time there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Glad they have an outdoor space and it woks great. And as always, great food!!

FAQs

Socarrat Paella Bar - Chelsea offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 462-1000.

Socarrat Paella Bar - Chelsea is rated 4.7 stars by 1611 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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